Ford India’s first big launch for 2015 will happen in a few months’ time, in the form of the Figo compact sedan. The car will also mark the American automaker’s entry into the big volume sub-4 meter sedan category. The Figo compact sedan, along with its hatchback sibling will be produced at Ford’s latest car factory in India, situated in Sanand, Gujarat. Trial production of the 2015 Figo compact sedan and its hatchback sibling has already begun at Sanand and the automaker has been spotted testing these cars, with number plates bearing Gujarat registration being the biggest giveaway of this development.
Yesterday, the 2015 Figo twins were spotted on the Abu Road, which connects Udaipur to the tourist retreat of Mount Abu. While the hatchback has been spotted testing on numerous occasions, this is the first time that the compact sedan has been spied on Indian roads. Interestingly, Ford will launch the sub-4 meter sedan first, possibly in July, following it up with the hatchback in September. The cars will seek to turbocharge the American automaker’s performance at the hustings, which currently relies upon a single horse – the EcoSport crossover. The latest crop of spyshots also reveal interior details of both cars.
A mobile phone docking system will find place on the dashboard, which sees a complete revamp. The dashboard now adopts a design language consonant with Ford’s global design philosophy. Other bits of the interiors, such as door handles and the plastics used, seem to have been given a once over as well. The steering is new and so are the AC vents. The instrumentation console sees a redesign while the door inserts also follow a new design. To sum it up, the interiors of the new Figo twins manage to look contemporary enough to challenge the cars’ peers.
Both new cars will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options. The petrol motor is likely to be the non-turbo version of the 1 liter-3 cylinder EcoBoost engine, with rated outputs of 80 Bhp-105 Nm. The current, 1.2 liter-4 cylinder petrol engine, not really in tune to exploit the current-Figo’s exemplary chassis balance, is expected to make way for the new motor. A 1.5 liter Ti-VCT petrol motor borrowed from the likes of the EcoSport and Fiesta sedan, could also be shoehorned into the new Figo twins’ high performance variants. However, the 1.5 liter Ti-VCT mill’s use remains a grey area for now, what with Ford keeping mum about this scenario, even as import records indicate such as possibility.
Talking diesels, the 1.5 liter TDCI motor, known for its tractability, will find use in both the cars, albeit with power and torque ratings detuned to 75 Bhp-190 Nm, from 89 Bhp-205 Nm. This loss in pep could be more of a positioning gimmick, seeking to clearly demarcate the Figo compact sedan, from the likes of the EcoSport and the Fiesta. Some amount of pricing overlap is bound to happen with these three cars and Ford already seems to have worked on minimizing positioning conflicts by jacking up Fiesta sedan prices. Expect the Figo hatchback to start under 4.5 lakh rupees, with the compact sedan ducking under the 5 lakh rupee mark.
Spyshots courtesy Gaadi